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Canisius women hold off Manhattan; NU falls to Monmouth

The Canisius women’s basketball team held on in the final seconds to earn a 70-68 victory over Manhattan on Friday night in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game at the Koessler Athletic Center.

Manhattan’s Maeve Parahus missed a jumper as time wound down that could have tied the game, with the Golden Griffins’ Lauren D’Hont grabbing the rebound. D’Hont finished with 13 points and five assists. Her pair of free throws with 16.2 seconds left gave Canisius a 69-66 lead. She then hit another to make it 70-68 with just 9 seconds left.

Freshman Maria Welch had a team-high 17 points with four three-pointers for Canisius, which for the second straight game had four players score in double figures. Sara Hinriksdottir added 13 points, while Crystal Porter had 10 for the Golden Griffins. Canisius, which trailed by three points at halftime, won its third straight on a five-game homestand to improve to 12-14 overall and 7-10 in the MAAC. The Griffs got a career-high nine rebounds from Sarah Cooley in avenging a 20-point loss to Manhattan earlier in the season. Canisius went 19 of 23 from the free-throw line, compared to just 8 of 12 for Manhattan. The Jaspers (12-13, 9-7) were led by 18 points from Amani Tatum.

Elsewhere in the MAAC, Taylor McKay scored a career-high 20 points for Niagara, but it wasn’t enough in a 68-55 loss to Monmouth at the Gallagher Center. McKay also had eight rebounds and tied her career best with five steals.

“Taylor did a great job coming off the bench,” Niagara coach Jada Pierce said. “That’s what you expect from seniors; to step up.”

Sam Lapszynski added 15 points and eight rebounds for the Purple Eagles (6-20, 3-13). Freshman Jayla Nichols started the first game of her career and added seven points for Niagara.

Monmouth (10-16, 8-9), the second-highest scoring team in the MAAC, got 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting from Jamiyah Bethune. Christina Mitchell added 14 points and six rebounds. The Hawks scored 26 points off 24 Niagara turnovers.